[Inter BEE 2014] NHK Itec exhibits multiple solutions including "Multi-function Digital Signage System" and "Broadband Optical Transmission Equipment"
■ Multi-function Digital Signage Systems capable of automatically receiving NHK News
"Multi-function Digital Signage Systems" are a table-top LED type display with scrolling news headlines. Perhaps their biggest feature being that they can broadcast NHK News. Deputy diretor of operations headquarters, Fumihiko Sasaki said "these units are capable of receiving the 7 main NHK News headlines (70-80 characters each) via the internet and automatically displaying them. We've utilized the unique strengths of the NHK Group to set our terminals apart from those of our competitors." The deputy director of the sales department of the broadcasting and communications division, Riki Shimizu, added "it's also possible to broadcast our own text and announcements such as earthquake early warnings and tsunami warnings as well. Including the standing-type that's fitted with a 46-inch LCD display, this line-up provides many easy-to-use terminals."
■ "Broadband Optical Transmission Equipment" simplifies the architecture of the receiver system
"Broadband Optical Transmission Equipment" is equipment that transmits TV broadcast waves through an optical cable and can transmit 8 specified channels from any digital broadcasting channel at the same time. Mr. Sasaki explained that "one merit is that as long as you have an optical cable, you don't need to supply power to the receiving station, which solves the problem of power sources when receiving long-distance TV broadcast waves, and simplifies the architecture of the system. In addition, as the receiving and transmitting stations are joined by an optical cable, there's no danger of the receiving station receiving electrical damage from lighting and then passing it through the transmission line and damaging the transmitting station at the other end."
■ "Disaster Prevention Information Transmission Wi-Fi System" used as a normal Wi-Fi point during non-critical periods
The "Disaster Prevention Information Transmission Wi-Fi System" can be used to transmit administrative and sightseeing information as a Wi-Fi access point during non-critical periods. During emergencies, it then turns into a system capable of distributing broadcast information received from access points set up in shelters, town halls, and hospitals in Wi-Fi multi-cast format without the need for a radio station license. This information can be received on smartphones and tablets.
(* A report on the exhibition contents of Inter BEE 2014, that was held at Makuhari Messe between 19th-21st November, 2014)